OBAMA and the Democrats Vote Against Healthcare Reform
* Obama voted NO on Allowing Americans to Deduct Their Health Care Costs. S. Con. Res. 70. This would have allowed an above-the-line federal income tax deduction for individuals who do not receive health insurance through their employers. This amendment was offered by Sen. Jim DeMint March 13, 2008 It failed 45-51
* Voted NO on Allowing Americans the Freedom to Purchase Health Insurance Across State Lines. HR 976. This would allow Americans to purchase individual health insurance across state lines. Offered by Sen Jim DeMint. Failed Aug 2, 2007 by a vote of 37-62
* Voted NO on Allowing Americans to Use Their Own HSA Funds to Cover Health Insurance Premiums. HR 2. The senate rejected an effort to allow Americans to use their tax-free Health Savings Account funds to purchase health insurance. Offered by John Ensign. Failed Jan 25, 2007 by a vote of 47-48
* Voted NO on Preventing the Erosion of Private Health Coverage. S.Amdt. 2537 to S. Amdt. 2530 to HR 976. The senate rejected an effort to minimize the erosion of private health coverage. Offered by John Kyl on Aug 2, 2007. Lost by a vote of 37-62
* Voted NO on Expanding Access to Small business Health Plans. On motion to invoke cloture on the Committee Amendment. The senate rejected an effort to allow for the expansion of health-care access and reduced costs through the creation of small business health plans and through the modernization of the health insurance marketplace. May 11, 2006 Voted down 55-32
* Voted NO on Preserving Employer-Sponsored Coverage. S. Amdt. 2596 to S. Amdt 2530 to HR 976. The senate rejected an effort that would require individuals who are eligible for SCHIP and employer-sponsored coverage to use the employer-sponsored coverage instead of SCHIP. The amendment offered by David Vitter failed on Aug. 2, 2007 by a vote of 35-64
* Lastly, voted NO on Requiring Health Insurance for Illegal Immigrants. The senate rejected an effort to require illegal immigrants seeking “Z Visas” to maintain a minimum level of health coverage. Offered by Jim Demint on June 6, 2007. Lost by a vote of 43-55.